FAMILY VALUES: Religious Group Rallies At Capitol

Life, marriage, and family.  Those three things brought Iowans together for a rally and lobby session in the State Capitol.

“We believe in the sanctity of life and that life begins at conception so we’re here to be encouraged by being with these other people,” says Mark Cisneros of Muscatine.

Cisneros and his son came to Des Moines for The Family Leader rally.  Leaders say their goal is simple:  to strengthen Iowa families.

“Religious liberty is under threat today and we need people to stand in the gap and protect our religious liberty,” says Bob Vander Plaats, President and CEO of the Family Leader.

The group is encouraging state lawmakers to keep the Marriage Amendment alive.

“The best home to raise a child in is a home with a mother and a father – married,” says Pastor Brad Cranston of Burlington.

The resolution to define marriage as between one man and one woman never made it out of the House Judiciary Committee last session.

“Take a stand, advocate for marriage, support the Joint Resolution.  Ask leadership to pass it and if it comes before you simply vote for it,” says Family Police Advocate Danny Carroll.

Supporters are also lobbying members of the House Human Resources Committee to pass legislation banning telemedicine abortions.  They are done via electronic communication instead of in person.

“I’m encouraged.  I don’t see it as an uphill battle,” says Cisneros.

One Iowa released a statement in response to today’s rally.  It reads in part, “We hope The Family Leader and its supporters will recognize that our families are not really that different from their own.  We pay our taxes, we take care of our loved ones, we go to worship and we are contributing members of society.”

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland says “telemedicine delivery is a safe and effective way to provide medication abortion to Iowa women.”    The organization goes on to say that it is “highly acceptable among women.”

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